All Jammed Up

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nandagopal Ra­jan

WITH FEWER peo­ple buy­ing full-fledged mu­sic sys­tems, the por­ta­ble wire­less speaker for the mo­bile phone has be­come the pre­dom­i­nant au­dio player in most homes. There have been a spate of th­ese de­vices in the past few months. The Jam se­ries of wire­less speak­ers from US com­pany HMDX is the lat­est to be launched in In­dia. Th­ese are un­doubt­edly among the best de­signed we have seen in some time. We re­viewed the HMDX Jam Party, which is a very com­pact stereo speaker look­ing a bit like the tran­sis­tor of old be­cause of its pull out han­dle on top. It also has a flip out stand be­low. The build qual­ity is re­ally good. The good thing here is that the Blue­tooth pair­ing is in the power but­ton it­self and al­most in­stant. There is another LED light to show if the bat­tery is dy­ing. This would have been a killer prod­uct had the au­dio qual­ity matched the de­sign. The au­dio is loud, but we felt it was a bit too muf­fled. So if you are hear­ing some­thing that is heavy on vo­cals the ex­pe­ri­ence is re­ally good. As soon as the sound be­comes full bod­ied with an orches­tra, the au­dio qual­ity be­comes, well, a bit of a jam. Strangely, the sound qual­ity opens up when you flip out the stand at the bot­tom.

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